Desert Snakes: Mystery and Intrigue (Biology X414.51 0.5 units) Fall 2019, Black Rock Nature Center, Sunday, 29. September 2019

Feared and respected by many for their potential to inflict harm, snakes have long captured the fascination of humanity. William Hayes will introduce participants to a remarkable variety of venomous and non-venomous snakes that inhabit Southern California’s deserts in this all-day field class. Starting in the classroom, Dr. Hayes will discuss the many adaptations that are essential for snakes to survive in the desert ecosystem including unique morphological, physiological, behavioral, and ecological traits. Snake venom will also be discussed in detail providing answers to the following questions. What, exactly, is venom? How is it made and how is it delivered? Can venoms be beneficial? The class will explore the surrounding desert to identify reptile habitat and hopefully see some snakes! 
Click to download the course outline for the intinerary, meeting time and location. Desert Snakes: Mystery & Intrigue Fall 2019
Hike Level: Easy to Moderate (Fitness Levels)
If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.
Before registering, please take the time to review our General Class Information and download the Enrollment Attachments, that contain pertinent information about your class and Joshua Tree National Park. Camping reservations must be made through
Please print and fill out the PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT.  You can bring the completed form to the class.
Cancellation Policy:  If you need to cancel, notify us at least seven days prior to the start of the course and we will process your request minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds, transfers, or credits will be granted if cancellation occurs within the seven day period. Please note that we cannot make any exceptions to this refund policy for any reason, including but not limited to medical reasons, illness, travel delays, personal situations, emergencies, or weather. This program depends on registration for its funding. While inconvenient, please understand that this policy enables us to sustain our programs even with last minute cancellations.
NPS Photo: Brad Sutton

Sunday, 29. September 2019, Black Rock Nature Center, Desert Snakes: Mystery and Intrigue (Biology X414.51 0.5 units) Fall 2019

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